Himalaya, the child monks | Travel photographer: Thierry Falise | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Boys or girls, poor orphans or kids from well-off families are sent for the rest of their lives to Buddhist monasteries perched at 3,500 meters on mountainsides.

 

Based in Bangkok, Belgian photojournalist Thierry Falise has covered South-East Asia and beyond since the late eighties, both features and news reporting (as a correspondent for Gamma photo agency and today for Bangkok-based Onasia photography agency). In 2003, TV colleague Vincent Reynaud and Falise were arrested in Laos after completing a forbidden story on a Hmong minority waiting for the return of its former American ally. Sentenced to 15 years of prison, the two reporters were released after five weeks in jail thanks to an international solidarity campaign.